Event expected to attract thousands


If you’re looking to get more drink for your dollar, this year’s Taste of Toronto will definitely quench your thirst.

At the fourth annual event, guests will be able to buy Second Cup’s new Mixberry Icy Smoothie for only $3. The 16-ounce beverage — a blend of strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, normally retails for $4.19.

Antonio Chan hopes to refresh many guests at the event this weekend with his berry blend. “As a vendor, I’m hoping for hot weather so I can sell cool drinks,” said the owner of Second Cup at 355 Danforth Ave.

A record 100,000 people are expected to attend Taste of Toronto in The Entertainment District. Guests are invited to enjoy everything Toronto in one event, including delectable and diverse food, Ontario craft beers and wines, live musical performances, sporting and cultural activities and original artwork displays.

Big Daddy’s Crab Shack & Oyster Bar will be offering a Cajun south seafood menu at the event. For $5, guests can choose from two jumbo shrimp with jambalaya rice, two crab cakes, or two raw oysters.

“We’re going with a similar menu to last year,” said manager Neil Brown. “Our menu was a huge hit with the crowd, so we’ve decided to give the crowd what it wants again.”

A diverse array of food vendors this year will be serving traditional meat dishes, Chinese cuisine, Indian delicacies, plenty of pizza, and pretty much every type of food you can find in the Entertainment District, Brown said.

The event has something for all ages, said Marie Brennan of the Toronto Entertainment District Association. “We have designed the festival to be inviting for all groups, from school kids celebrating their first weekend of school to local businesspeople and visitors to Toronto alike.”